Chelsea & Man City fans pack out bars & down pints in sunny Porto ahead of Champions League final after violent clashes

CHELSEA and Man City have started packing out squares and bars in Porto ahead of tonight's Champion League final.

Thousands of fans have descended on Portugal for the all-English clash as Brit supporters are finally allowed back into stadiums.

And the City and Chelsea fans appeared to be making the most of the blazing sunshine today as they flocked to local bars.

Pictures show the Brits sinking pints – with some rowdy topless fans starting a singalong in the square.

The calm atmosphere comes after tensions boiled over last night with rival supporters clashing in the street.

One clip showed two small groups of fans scuffling outside a boozer including two lads who exchange punches and kicks.

Others at the bar lobbed drinks at each other before police officers with batons dispersed the crowd.

Pictures from earlier on Friday also showed fans brawling in the centre of Porto.

Thursday saw the second night of violence in the city as riot cops had to disperse brawling fans as staff closed pubs due to Covid restrictions.

A number of supporters were not aware of the strict 10.30pm drinking curfew to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

People were involved in clashes with police officers, it has been reported.

Two fans were reportedly injured after shameful clashes near Porto’s Sao Bento railway station and in the city’s riverside quarter.

One Chelsea fan was pictured drenched in claret as blood poured from his mouth which had been busted open.

A witness said: “It was pretty minor – some people wanted another drink and the police were determined to move people on and back to their hotels.

“There was no trouble between Chelsea and City fans.”

Manchester City brushed aside PSG in the semi-finals to reach their first-ever Champions League final.

Chelsea beat 13-times European champions Real Madrid to book their place in the last round – which is their third appearance in a CL final since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

UEFA moved the big match from Istanbul to Portugal to allow English fans to travel due to the surging number of cases in Turkey.

Around 16,500 fans will be allowed into the stadium. Many others have come to support their teams outside.

Police commander Paula Peneda told reporters authorities were expecting many English fans without a ticket in the city on Saturday but could not specify a number.

Officials said they could not stop fans moving around because British tourists are now allowed in and out of Portugal if they present a negative PCR test.

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